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Playing With: Ninja Maid
Basic Trope: The maid is a badass fighting machine.
  • Straight: Alice's maid Lucy breaks out some kung fu moves.
  • Exaggerated: Lucy is a black belt in karate, runs her own dojo, and is the best fighter in the story.
  • Downplayed: Lucy has taken enough self-defense courses to know how to fight off some muggers.
  • Justified:
    • Alice needed an inconspicuous, female bodyguard, so she hired kung fu expert Lucy to pretend to be her maid.
    • Lucy is a martial artist who takes a job as a maid because she can't find any other work, for some reason.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice breaks out the martial arts skills to protect her maid, Lucy.
    • The badass bodyguard with the mad kung-fu skills is revealed to be surprisingly adept at housework.
  • Gender-Flipped: Lucius, the butler, is a skilled martial artist.
  • Subverted: Alice thought Lucy knew kung fu, but when an enemy appears Lucy cowers in terror.
  • Double Subverted: It turns out Lucy was just pretending and pounced when the enemy their turned their back
  • Parodied:
    • All maids are expected to know kung fu, and part of the standard job interview involves defeating other household servants in a fight. Young girls are taught martial arts in school to be better suited to the job of domestic workers.
    • There are several flashbacks to Lucy's maid training school, which is basically a boot camp except with maids instead of soldiers. References to popular works set in the military are a must.
    • "Ah, Alice. Great Ninja; Horrible maid."
  • Zig Zagged: Lucy fights off an enemy, but later it turns out that was just luck. Later still, she reveals "just lucky is a ruse for her fighting style, "Deadly Dodging," and later still it turns out she is simply Born Lucky.
  • Averted: The maid has no fighting skills.
  • Enforced: The writers want to give a lower-class character a Crowning Moment Of Awesome to prove they're not elitist, so they let Lucy fight off the enemies.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Wow, I'd never have expected that from a maid, Lucy."
    • "Now if you'll excuse me, I have to clean up this blood before it stains the carpet."
  • Invoked: Alice is looking for a maid because she needs someone to protect her.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: When planning his attack on Alice, Bob waits for Lucy's day off.
  • Discussed: "So, Lucy, any chance you have mad fighting skills?"
  • Conversed: "Just you wait. The maid always knows kung fu in anime."
  • Deconstructed:
    • After a violent episode in young Lucy's life, she began to study martial arts to ensure that she would never be a victim again. She's poor, so she takes a job as a domestic servant. When Alice is attacked, Lucy protects her, to everyone's amazement. However, none of Lucy's co-workers can look at her the same way after this, including the butler who once crushed on her but is no longer interested because No Guy Wants an Amazon.
    • While skilled, Lucy is still outmatched against an armed assailant, as she can't carry her weapons to work and her broom isn't made to withstand being used as a melee weapon.
  • Reconstructed:
    • However, Alice is immensely grateful and officially employs Lucy as her personal bodyguard, keeping the maid attire just so she'll remain undercover. Lucy's co-workers gradually adjust to this new situation, and she gains the attention of Daniel, an Amazon Chaser.
    • Lucy's skills include Improbable Weapon User and thereby makes everything in arm's reach a poetentially weapon. Additionally, her broom is also a Sword Cane.

Allow me to escort you back to Ninja Maid, Master, and rest assured: I cleaned up the assassins and booby traps myself.

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